By Editor Wayne Veysey

Kieran Gibbs has admitted that Arsenal’s lengthy casualty list has derailed their Premier League challenge.

Despite the returns of Laurent Koscielny and Mikel Arteta today, the Gunners were without eight first-teamers and struggled against an impressive Tottenham in the 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium.

Gibbs came off the bench to score the equaliser – his first goal in three years – and admits that Arsene Wenger had few options as the home side tried to overcome a 1-0 deficit.

“To be honest, we are struggling with a lot of injuries at the moment so he doesn’t have many options in midfield and strikers,” explained the left-back, who was deployed into a left midfield role after replacing the ineffective Joel Campbell.

“The players were tired from midweek against Bayern and players that haven’t played have come in and played three games in a week.”

With Manchester City drawing 0-0 at Aston Villa earlier today, Arsenal spurned the opportunity to go top of the Premier League.

But Gibbs claimed that it was a point won for the hosts rather than two points lost.

“The way the game went, yeah,” said the England international. “It’s disappointing to drop points, especially when we’re in a strong position in the league.

Below par: Arsene Wenger's team struggled for much of the north London derby

Below par: Arsene Wenger’s team struggled for much of the north London derby

“We want to keep that going now. We have a little break and hopefully we can come back, get everyone fit again and be raring to go.

“Credit to Tottenham. They came today, showed up and put in a decent performance against us. In these games you can never give up. You know what it means for everyone on both sides – the fans, the club. It was a well-earned point in the end.”